1. Each MLB Team's Biggest Hall of Fame Snub

    Not all teams have been around long enough to have produced legitimate Hall-worthy candidates. So, we here at B/R slightly bent the rules a wee bit to accommodate all teams...

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  2. 12 of MLB's Most Improbable MVP Seasons Ever

    No matter where teams finish in the standings, every MLB team has a most valuable player. He's the guy the team couldn't live without. Since its creation in 1931, the MVP award has gone to the player most instrumental in a contending team's success...

    John Quayle Written by John Quayle about almost 3 years ago 699 reads 2 comments

  3. 10 Things MLB's Next Commissioner Should Do

    Allan Huber "Bud" Selig is stepping down as commissioner once his current contract expires after the 2012 season. Few fans and writers have been ambivalent as far as Selig has been concerned...

    John Quayle Written by John Quayle about almost 3 years ago 1,073 reads 14 comments

  4. MLB Free Agency: 6 Lineups That Will Look Much Different in 2012

    We still have the postseason to go before we can drop the lid on 2011, but already, fans everywhere are getting nervous about next season...

    John Quayle Written by John Quayle about almost 3 years ago 2,256 reads 8 comments

  5. 14 of the Most Shocking September Collapses in Baseball History

    This is the time of the year when teams find out what they are really made of. September can either delight fans or send them scurrying for a tranquilizer. Teams that look completely dominant and unstoppable can sometimes come unglued...

    John Quayle Written by John Quayle about almost 3 years ago 21,268 reads 12 comments

  6. MLB: Every Contender's Biggest Bench Asset Down the Stretch

    Every player, no matter what his age, will tell you that he would rather start. Most often, a player's age will keep him on the bench...

    John Quayle Written by John Quayle about almost 3 years ago 2,049 reads 3 comments

  7. Pittsburgh Pirates: Why Roberto Clemente Is One of MLB's Most Underrated

    Roberto Clemente epitomized the term "5 tool player" throughout his 18 year career. He could run, hit, hit with power, field and throw with very few peers...

    John Quayle Written by John Quayle about almost 3 years ago 1,775 reads 6 comments

  8. PNC Park: Some of the Highlights About MLB's Best-Kept Secret

    PNC Park has been around since 2001, replacing a 30-year-old gigantic bowl of a facility that was known as Three Rivers Stadium...

    John Quayle Written by John Quayle about almost 3 years ago 327 reads 2 comments

  9. Jim Thome Traded to Indians: 25 Players Who Returned "Home" Late in Careers

    Fans with any semblance of sentimentality are always gladdened to see a player return to the place where it all began. In this day of free agency and no-trade contracts, players have far more control over their own destiny than their predecessors...

    John Quayle Written by John Quayle about almost 3 years ago 1,599 reads 2 comments

  10. 6 Reasons the Milwaukee Brewers Could Upend the Philadelphia Phillies in October

    In sports, winning is all about execution and performance. Winning is contagious. It builds confidence. The Brewers embody those three age-old statements. Every team goes through a rough spell, and the Brewers got theirs out of the way early...

    John Quayle Written by John Quayle about almost 3 years ago 641 reads 39 comments

  11. Pittsburgh Pirates: 5 Ways They Can Boost Attendance in Future Years

    No doubt about it. There's nothing that spurs interest in a sports team like winning on the field. After a long drought at the turnstiles, Pittsburgh Pirate ownership is seeing that firsthand in a big way this season...

    John Quayle Written by John Quayle about almost 3 years ago 474 reads 2 comments

  12. NL Central Pennant Race: 9 Reasons Milwaukee Will Win the Division Title

    For the first half of the season, it really seemed as if there'd be a four-team race right into September between the St. Louis Cardinals , Milwaukee Brewers , Cincinnati Reds and upstart Pittsburgh Pirates ...

    John Quayle Written by John Quayle about almost 3 years ago 4,201 reads 10 comments

  13. Pittsburgh Pirates: 10 Ways They'll Be Even Better in 2012

    They have been the feel-good story of the year in 2011. Rest assured that the tribulation of 18 consecutive seasons below .500 will end this year. No, they won't make the playoffs...

    John Quayle Written by John Quayle about almost 3 years ago 1,256 reads 2 comments

  14. Pittsburgh Pirates: Jerry Meals' Call and a Catalyst Behind Their Collapse

    Every good conspiracy story is wrapped around a nugget of plausibility. The grassy knoll in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963. The federal employees who called off work at the Murrah Building in Oklahoma City on April 19, 1995...

    John Quayle Written by John Quayle about almost 3 years ago 445 reads 3 comments

  15. Pittsburgh Pirates: Zach Von Rosenberg Living a Dream

    We've always wondered what it was like going through the minor leagues. Fortunately, we found somebody to ask and guide us through our interrogative session...

    John Quayle Written by John Quayle about almost 3 years ago 738 reads 0 comments

  16. Pittsburgh Pirates Trade Grades: Did They Do Enough to Make a Playoff Push?

    In a word, no. They didn't do enough. Here is why: They've got a rotation full of young kids with little-to-no gas left in the tank. What they should have done is add another arm to the rotation...

    John Quayle Written by John Quayle about almost 3 years ago 289 reads 0 comments

  17. MLB: Can Anything Be Done to Shore Up Professional Umpiring?

    The Pittsburgh Pirates played the Atlanta Braves in an incredible 19 inning marathon on Tuesday, July 26. The game ended on a highly controversial call, following a play at the plate ...

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  18. Pirates Trade Rumors: Would They Ever Bring Jason Bay Back to Pittsburgh?

    Ever since the Pittsburgh Pirates began showing staying power in the NL Central race, there have been oodles of speculated deals...

    John Quayle Written by John Quayle about almost 3 years ago 1,928 reads 8 comments

  19. Pittsburgh Pirates: Jeff Karstens and the 2 Most Shocking Seasons Ever

    It's shocking unto itself. The fact that Jeff Karstens currently owns the second-lowest earned run average in the National League. The 28-year-old slender right-hander doesn't cut an imposing figure on the mound at 6'3" and a mere 185 lbs...

    John Quayle Written by John Quayle about almost 3 years ago 427 reads 7 comments

  20. MLB Trade Speculation: Who Can Pittsburgh Pirates Actually Buy at the Deadline?

    They read like a litany of shame: Brian Giles, Jason Bay, Aramis Ramirez, Jay Bell, Jeff King, Jason Kendall, Jason Schmidt, Jack Wilson, Freddy Sanchez, Jeff Suppan, Kenny Lofton, John Grabow, Daryle Ward, Sean Casey, Randall Simon...

    John Quayle Written by John Quayle about almost 3 years ago 1,451 reads 6 comments

  21. Pittsburgh Pirates: Why Numbers Don't Tell the Whole Story

    Jay Leno once quipped, "Today is March first and the start of Major League Baseball's Grapefruit Season in Florida . That also means the Pittsburgh Pirates have officially been eliminated from this year's pennant race...

    John Quayle Written by John Quayle about 3 years ago 613 reads 2 comments

  22. Albert Pujols: How Will the Division Change If He Ends Up With the Cubs

    Trade rumors have been swirling about Albert Pujols all year. From the onset, one of the most persistent has Albert going to the Chicago Cubs ...

    John Quayle Written by John Quayle about 3 years ago 895 reads 14 comments

  23. MLB Realignment: Ways the NL Central Changes Without the Houston Astros

    Lookout, everybody! The baseball demigods are bored this summer. Apparently, they are dissatisfied with a situation of their own making. Zounds! What to do? Why, they shall tinker with the game...

    John Quayle Written by John Quayle about 3 years ago 1,541 reads 10 comments

  24. MLB Trade Speculation: 5 Reasons Pirates Should Keep All Their Young Players

    Neal Huntington has taken a great deal of heat since his arrival in Pittsburgh. Faced with a dwindling and impatient fan base, the Pirates general manager was placed in an unenviable ...

    John Quayle Written by John Quayle about 3 years ago 650 reads 0 comments

  25. MLB Draft 2011 Results: Ranking Gerrit Cole and the Last 5 No. 1 Overall Picks

    It's often been said that figures lie and liars figure. Numbers can either be a bane or a blessing when discussing sports draft picks...

    John Quayle Written by John Quayle about 3 years ago 1,539 reads 0 comments